United Nations: India has told the developed nations that the main responsibility for taking action to lessen the threat of climate change rests with them, stressing that reduction of greenhouse gas emission by them would have “potentially significant” effect on security by moderating the “impetus for privileged access” to energy markets.
But efforts to impose greenhouse gas commitments on developing nations would “simply adversely impact” their prospects of growth, Indian Ambassador Nirupam Sen warned the Security Council as it debated the effect of climate change on security.
Sen joined several other ambassadors in questioning the competence of the 15-member Council to discuss the issue under the UN Charter.
The Council is mandated to take up the issues of peace and security and Sen told its members that a more immediate and “quantifiable” threat is from possible conflicts arising out of inadequate resources for development and poverty eradication as well as competition for energy.
Stating that steps towards poverty eradication is the prerequisite for accelerated growth in developing countries, Sen asserted that mitigating the potential of conflict would have positive implications for global peace and security.
But British foreign secretary Margaret Beckett, who chaired the special debate, disagreed with the argument that the issue is beyond the scope of the Council’s mandate. Britain, which holds the presidency for the month, had sought the debate.